Coffee flowers are white, they resemble jasmine’s for their intense fragrance.
Their blooming is even more enchanting than that of cherry trees. My first trip to India was magnificent. I must admit that being surrounded by the scents of the plantations is the most exciting part of my job.
In India every work step is diligently performed and is also extremely elegant: women, with their colourful dresses, sit on the ground with such a natural posture we do not even know in the western culture, and carefully select the coffee beans, eliminating the broken or imperfect ones.
It is a long and hard job that they transform in exquisite lightness.
All the plantations are far from the cities, they are completely immersed into the nature. And in Colombia geography is arduous.
This means long bus or jeep trips, or waiting at the pueblos traffic lights, where you may meet some hormigas culonas (a typical local snack) sellers.
In Panama City you have to watch out for fake cops. Criminality is common in these areas.
In the profession I chose there are some inconveniences, but when I get to the plantations everything changes and I realize it was worth it.
Many years after my first trip, seeing coffee plants still excites me.
Its fruits resemble cherries for their shape and colour, sometimes they are yellow. The pulp is sugary, the peel is thick.